10/10/17: We are excited to announce that Durward has been invited to perform at Illinois State University in Normal, IL on January 30, 2018. We will be performing the same works we premiered back in August along with a new premiere by Laura Elise Schwendinger, composer in residence at the University of Wisconsin.

Our next performances will be on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College in Ballantyne Auditorium and August 26 at Luther Memorial Chapel on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m. We are featuring all music by female composers and a female conductor. Newly commissioned works will be by: Martha Horst of Illinois State University, Lisa Neher, and Laura Schwartz. On the program we will also feature trio for piano, clarinet, and cello composed by the Miriam Gideon and four movements of Brushstrokes by Laura Schwedinger from the University of Wisconsin. During the month of August and particularly the week leading up to the event we will do a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Select the fundraising tab to find out more and to donate.

10/11/16 Durward Ensemble is looking forward to a few new projects. One in the spring of 2017 that will feature our strings, a newly commissioned piece by Jason Palamara, and with the addition of a few smaller chamber pieces and possibly modern solos.  Next August we will feature all women composers in collaboration with a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

9/10/16 I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the incredible musicians, composers, and guest conductor of Durward Ensemble from Thursday’s  inaugural concert at Kirkwood Community College. Also a big thank you to Kirkwood CC for providing a great venue, promotion of the event, and Joe Perea for allowing us to use all of Kirkwood’s fantastic percussion instruments for out first concert.